Utah man working to develop smartphone ski poles

Utah man working to develop smartphone ski poles

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah man is using online funding to develop a smartphone ski pole that allows users to communicate on the slopes.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah man is using online funding to develop a smartphone ski pole that allows users to communicate on the slopes.

The project is the brainchild of Anthony Griesel, a self-described software developer, inventor, and skier who wanted to create a device that allows people to use their smartphones while wearing ski gloves.

Griesel is funding the project through Kickstarter, an online crowdsourcing site that allows people to pledge small amounts of money before reaching a designated monetary goal needed to fund the projects.

The Neva ski pole would allow skiers to answer their phones by swiping a small waterproof screen located at the top of the ski pole with their thumb.

The device will also allow users to see weather and ski data, along with other relevant information.

By Monday, the Neva project had reached more than $10,000 in pldeges, with 22 days left before his June 6 deadline to reach Griesel's $100,000 goal.

To see a short demonstration of the project, see the video below.

To find out more about the Neva Kickstarter project, click here.


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